Jordan Spieth Still Leads the 146th British Open

Young phenom Jordan Spieth, from Dallas, Texas, is 11-under par with a three shot lead over Matt Kuchar after three rounds in the British Open. Kuchar has a three shot lead over Brooks Koepka, the U.S. Open winner last month. Tomorrow, Spieth has a chance to make golfing history. If he wins, he will be the first pro golfer under the age of 24 to win three of the four major championships in golf: Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and… Read more

Did Jesus’ Disciples See “the Son of Man Coming in his Kingdom”?

Jesus once asked his disciples who he was. Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16.16 NRSV). Then, for the first time, Jesus told them he must go to Jerusalem, be killed, and rise from the dead on the third day (v. 21). Without telling them he would then ascend to heaven to remain awhile, he added concerning his future return, “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the… Read more

Park and DeChambeau First-Time Winners on the Big Stage

Yesterday, Sung Hyun Park, a 23-year old female professional golfer from South Korea, won the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament by two strokes with a 67, 5 under par, for an 11 under par 277 total for the 72 holes of regulation play. She defeated 17-year old amateur sensation Hye-Jim Choi, also from South Korea. Park is in her first year on the LPGA Tour, and this was her first victory there. She had already won ten tournaments on the… Read more

Indulgences and Purgatory in Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

This Fall will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It began on October 31, 1517, when a 33-year old German Roman Catholic monk and theologian named Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses, also called the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” This document was ninety-five numbered statements. Most of them are one or two lines in length. In them, Luther presents objections and some confirmations of Catholic soteriology as it pertains mostly to indulgences. He declares… Read more

Will Time End at the Eschaton?

Many Christians, and even some of their scholars, think time will end at the eschaton. Eschaton is a Greek word meaning “last (things).” Thus, these people believe time will end at the second coming of Christ, which scholars often designate “the parousia.” This also is a Greek word that means “presence,” thus the presence of Jesus at his return. Another way of putting this is that many Christians believe there will be an “end of the world.” For example, during… Read more

When Jesus First Predicted His Death, Was He Transfigured Six or Eight Days Later?

Bestselling author and Patheos blogger Randy Alcorn recently posted about this question. His answer is similar to mine in my book, The Gospels Interwoven. I further suggest the timing involved in Jesus’ Transfiguration may typify Moses on Mount Sinai. (Moses and Elijah did appear there [though I think in vision form] with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.) If my suggestion is correct, Jesus’ Transfiguration both looks back in history to Moses on Mount Sinai and forward to the future, when… Read more

Vultures Having a Comeback in Israel

My last post is entitled “Where Will the Vultures Gather?” This question regards biblical apocalyptic. It foretells about a massive amount of vultures feeding on deceased human soldiers and their horses. This carnage will be due to the Messianic Destruction that will occur at the end of the age in the land of Israel. For example, the book of Revelation predicts that at Jesus’s second coming he will ride out of heaven on a white horse, with angelic armies following… Read more

Where Will the Vultures Gather?

The first three gospels of the New Testament (NT) are Matthew, Mark, and Luke. They are called “the synoptic gospels” because they often narrate the same events in the itinerant ministry of Jesus with the same or similar wording. And oftentimes they have the same sequence of events, but certainly not always, which thereby offers some semblance of chronology of events in the life of Jesus. About half of the Gospel Luke follows this format found in the gospels of… Read more

Trump Is Being Un-American at G-20 in Europe

U.S. President Donald Trump is in Hamburg, Germany, attending G-20. It is an international forum of nations with the world’s largest economies. It was founded in 1999 to discuss mostly economic policy. Seven hours ago, President Trump delivered a speech in Poland in which he criticized the American press and U.S. governmental intelligence agencies. As I said in a recent post, President Trump is a disgrace to America for doing such things. Well, he’s doing it again, now in Europe,… Read more

Stanley and Perry Win Today

On the regular PGA Tour today, Kyle Stanley broke his winners’ circle drought to capture the Quicken Loans Invitational at Potomac TPC, Maryland. He sunk a five foot par putt on the first extra hole of a playoff, which was the 18th hole, to defeat Charles Howell III. Both players had shot a four under par 66 round today for a total 272. It was Stanley’s second win on the big stage. His first win was the 2012 Phoenix Open,… Read more

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